Lindsey Wilson (2-0, 2-0 Mid-South Conference) started strong with a touchdown drive on the team’s opening possession. Cameron Dukes found Terrill Cole for a 28-yard score to go up 7-0, the first of 28 unanswered points gathered by the Blue Raiders in the first half.
A 2-yard rush and a dive across the goal line by Dukes began the second-period scoring. His touchdown was one of three recorded by Lindsey Wilson in the quarter.
On Cumberlands’ ensuing drive, the Patriots (1-2, 1-2 MSC) fumbled the ball and Romie Dukes recovered it for the Blue Raiders. Two plays later, Cameron Dukes slipped a pass to Dimitrius Patterson in the back right corner of the endzone for a third score and a 21-0 lead.
Minutes later, Cordarien Trice forced a fumble on the third play of Cumberlands’ next possession. In just four plays, Lindsey Wilson drove 45 yards beginning with a 31-yard strike to Jaylen Boyd and ending on a 9-yard bullet to the running back. The Blue Raiders led 28-0 at the half. Over the first six quarters of the season, Lindsey Wilson outscored opponents 77-0.
On the first drive of the second half, Dukes threw an interception which led to the Patriots’ first points of the game. Nathan Arnold completed a 4-yard pass to T.J. Williams to decrease the Lindsey Wilson lead to 28-7. Dukes redeemed himself later in the third quarter with a 34-yard keeper to the endzone to give the Blue Raiders the 35-7 lead.
In the fourth quarter, both teams swapped possessions and field goal conversions to put the score at 38-10. With under two minutes remaining, Cameron Evans connected with Corey Clems Jr. for the Georgia natives’ first-career touchdown and a 45-10 final score.
Lindsey Wilson outgained Cumberlands 430-209 with 239 passing yards and 191 rushing yards.
Dukes totaled three touchdowns and 221 yards through the air as well as two touchdowns and a team-high 76 yards on the ground. Friday was the fifth time Dukes accumulated five or more scores in a game.
Darius Clark garnered the most rushing yards by a running back with 43 over nine carries, and Jaleel Warren led in receiving yards with 63 on four receptions.
Luke Bowman was the Blue Raiders’ leading tackler with eight on the afternoon. Bowman, Michael Leslie and DeAngelo Barrios each came away with one sack.
Lindsey Wilson heads to Georgetown (Ky.) next Friday, March 5 to make up it’s postponed game against the No. 19-ranked Tigers. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CT.